When this book came across my desk for review, the first thing that caught my eye was that the author was also an actress, most notably an actress in Downton Abbey.
I’m always intrigued by people with dual talents. Being an actress is difficult enough but then you add author in the mix and it seems almost impossible so when I see things like this that aren’t memoirs or autobiographies etc, I am always curious to see how the author’s talents translate from big screen to pages.
SOMETHING IN THE WATER stood out besides the fact that Steadman is an actress though…..it’s set in Bora Bora. I was instantly intrigued. It’s an island paradise. A place most certainly on my bucket list and for many people, a trip of a lifetime. Having a thriller set in paradise sounds delectable and like something I would want to read!
Erin and Mark seem to have it all: he’s a successful banker, she’s a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; they’re young and in love, about to embark on their dream honeymoon to Bora Bora. But when, after a blissful day of scuba diving, they discover a mysterious bag filled with incalculable riches, their subsequent choices trigger a sequence of events that will change their lives–and their marriage–forever (summary from Goodreads).
This book is marketed to fans of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena. All authors I haven’t read before–so I didn’t have any expectations to gage my reading experience with, however, I would say this is up there with other domestic thrillers such as GONE GIRL. Paula Hawkins wrote THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and while I have yet to read that one, I know enough of the story to say that fans of that book will likely enjoy this one.
From the get go, I was uneasy with the characters. We meet Erin digging a grave to bury a body. The opening is brilliant. I was hooked right away and wanted to know—‘how did we get here? How did we get from romantic honeymoon to burying a dead body?’
I loved how the intro kind of left of there and then took us back to the ‘beginning’. I mean it’s not every day that a professional woman is out somewhere digging a body, the reader instantly wants to know what happened. I was immediately on edge and wary of the characters. I wasn’t sure that I could trust any of them–or if I even wanted to.
This whole feeling carried on throughout the novel and I loved that about this book. I kept saying over and over as I was reading ‘NOOOOOO what are you thinking?!’. Now normally that would bother me about a character but in this case it was very realistic. I mean don’t we always hope that we will avoid temptation when it’s out right in front of our faces, but yet there is something inside us that just can’t walk away and say no? I thought this book portrayed a very realistic response to human temptation.
While I didn’t always like Erin or trust her and I never liked or even trusted Mark–the whole novel was believable and interesting. The relationship between Mark and Erin was clearly a shit show from the word go. I personally felt like she trusted him way more than she should from the beginning. He seemed a little too slick and had too many ready answers. He just seemed too extra and I thought she should have seen through some of his facade but I also think that’s what kept me reading. Again, it was like a train wreck that I just couldn’t turn my eyes from. As I said before, there were many ‘what are you thinking’ moments for me in this book which propelled the story forward.
For me personally I think this was a great read. I often would put myself in Erin’s shoes and would do the ‘what would I do if I were in her place’ game and I loved that. Sometimes I didn’t like my answers to that question which I loved. I love books that make you want to imagine yourself as the protagonist even if you don’t trust them or even like them and that’s what this book did for me.
Intriguing read and full of lots of compelling angles!
Kindle Edition, 336 pagesExpected publication: June 5th 2018 by Ballantine Books (first published 2018)
Review copy provided by: Publisher/author in exchange for an honest review
This book counts toward: NA
- Hosted by: NA
- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Genre: mystery, crime, thriller